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But Does It Bring You Joy? July 21, 2015

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo sounded like just what I needed. Here’s how it’s done: You go through your entire house, category by category, and PURGE. You have only two things you must do: determine what brings you joy and find a place for it. To help you decide, take, for instance, every one of your coats, spread them out on the floor and then pick up each one, and touch it, caress, etc. to see if it makes you feel joyful. If it does, find a space for it; if not, give it away. Kondo is adamant that we follow that rule of checking every coat for the joy factor otherwise we might make the wrong choices or not enough of them.

I broke that rule right off because frankly it seemed like way too much work. But I’m bending it to suit me. First, I’m going through my house using my old purging method and deciding at a glance what goes in the yard sale, the donation bag and the garbage bag. When that’s completed and things are more manageable, I’ll use the tidying up method. I look forward to it.

Today, I called Volunteers of America for a pickup and brought in a bag of books to donate to our library.

~Chris

A Funny Beach Read If Ever… July 6, 2015

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I’ve always appreciated the way Joan Rivers could turn her personal tragedies around by finding a sliver of humor in whatever came her way. It seems like her daughter Melissa has that same gift. Melissa adds her own witty comments to her Mom’s to make her new book, The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation by Melissa Rivers a really funny book. Rather than share some of my favorite lines/stories, I’ll let you find your own given that we all don’t laugh at the same things. Trust me, you’ll find plenty.

~Chris

Rain, Rain, Go Away June 30, 2015

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Has it rained enough for you this month?  Here in Cleveland we are just about an inch short of recorded setting rain fall for the month of June.  I had the opportunity to drive across the state over the weekend and it sure seems like there is excessive water everywhere.  One good thing about the rain?  Plenty of time to read!

Stay dry and enjoy this down time!

Happy reading!

—Beth

The Perks of Ohio Libraries June 22, 2015

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We’ve got it good here in Ohio.  The more immersed I become in the library world, the more I realize how little the citizens of Ohio realize just how good we have it when it comes to our libraries.  Did you know as a resident of Ohio you can get a library card at ANY Ohio public library?  It’s true.

I’m so used to the accessibility of Ohio libraries that I didn’t really think about how libraries work in other states. Some of my cousins moved out west and when they were back in Cleveland for a visit last year one of the ongoing topics of conversation was how much they missed the libraries in Ohio.  Not only are the collections of Ohio libraries above and beyond those of their small municipal libraries in Utah, but they are also restricted to only using their local library.

I urge all residents of Ohio to start using your libraries.  Yes, that means any public library you are within range of!  Heck, even if you’re just passing through a city or town, stop in and sign up for a library card.  Just about all Ohio libraries have digital collections that are easily accessed with just your library card number.  I personally collect library cards from around the state.  I’ve found this beneficial when I’m trying to get my hands on an ebook or digital audiobook that is in high demand.  I can see what libraries own it, and request it from any system I have a card for.  Then voila! The title is usually downloaded to my OverDrive bookshelf within a few minutes, even if it was unavailable from my local library.

What does it take for residents of Ohio to sign up for library cards at Ohio public libraries?  Generally, a government issued photo ID, and two other forms of proof of address.  Pieces of mail like utilities bills will work just fine. I keep a few pieces of mail buried in my wallet just in case the opportunity to acquire a new library card presents itself.

If you live in Ohio  now is the time to start exploring the public libraries in your area and the awesome collections and programs that they offer!

—Beth

Happy Anniversay – Library of Congress April 18, 2015

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On April 24, 1800 Congress approved an act providing “for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress…and for fitting up a suitable apartment for containing them.”

The Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov) is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. Comprised of three buildings: The Thomas Jefferson Building, the James Madison Building and the John Adams Building, it is the largest library in the world containing millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collection.

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The End of the Civil War – April 1865 April 16, 2015

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 Surrender  – Appomattox, Virginia – April 9, 1865

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Using the parlor of Wilmer McLean’s home, Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all United States forces. Lee’s surrender signaled the end of the Southern states’ attempt to create a separate nation. Three days later the men of the Army of Northern Virginia marched before the Union Army, laid down their flags, stacked their weapons, and began the journey back to their homes. This was a new beginning for the nation.

5 Days Later – April 14, 1865 – Lincoln Assassinated

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President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth while watching a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre, Washington D.C. He died the following day.

The library subscribes to a variety of engaging history magazines.

You’re invited to stop by and check out –

American History

American Spirit

Civil War Times

Military History

Smithsonian

Timeline

~Emma

87 Years and Counting April 13, 2015

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April 12th – 18th

It’s time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians and to promote use and support.

Rocky River Public Library Historic Milestones
 http://www.rrpl.org/local_history/timeline.html

~Emma

April is National Poetry Month April 1, 2015

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We pay tribute to the great legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets

and the vital place of poetry in American culture.

In addition to a wide variety of books on poets and poetry, the Rocky River Public Library subscribes to-

Poets & Writers – the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers.

Writer’s Digest – a resource for writers, celebrating the writing life

and what it means to be a writer in today’s publishing environment.

~Emma

Tea is the New Coffee! February 24, 2015

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It’s been bitterly cold out here in the Cleveland area! Or, haven’t you noticed? Rather than complain about it, I’ll share one of the ways I’ve been staying warm during this (seemingly endless) winter! I’m drinking more tea!

We no longer want to pitch our tea into the Boston harbor. (An act which would be less effective given its current frozen-over state). We just want to drink it.

It’s nothing new. Tea has been around for thousands of years, and yet, just in recent years, tea is growing in popularity all over the U.S., including the Cleveland area where we have new tea shops like: The Tea Lab in Lakewood, Cleveland Tea Revival on w. 29th Street, Tea-vana on Cedar Road, and the airport’s Inca Tea, just to name a few! Americans are craving this tasty, hot beverage more than ever!

cupofteaAnd with good reason! Did you know that drinking tea is good for you too?

Tea can neutralize free radicals in the body, decrease your blood cholesterol, reduce your body fat, and inhibit high blood pressure. Some types of teas can stimulate digestion and stimulate the elimination of fats! Tea is antibacterial, anti-fungal, has Vitamins C, B, E, Folic Acid, B Carotene, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Fluorine, and Chlorophyll.

Want to learn more? Check out these articles:

http://www.itoen.co.jp/eng/allabout_greentea/components_benefit.html

http://www.webmd.com/diet/tea-types-and-their-health-benefits

http://www.realsimple.com/health/nutrition-diet/healthy-eating/types-of-tea

Or stop in Rocky River Public Library for these books:

Tales Of A Tea Leaf : The Complete Guide To Tea Cuisine by Jill Yates

Liquid Jade : The Story Of Tea From East To West by Beatrice Hohenegger

The Ultimate Tea Diet : your guide to good health one cup of tea at a time : how tea can boost your metabolism, shrink your appetite, and kick-start remarkable weight loss by Mark Ukra

So, grab your book, make a cup, drink up, and (try to) stay warm!   

~Carol

Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here? February 17, 2015

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 Who are you? No, really?

 Do you know your grandparent’s names? What about your great-great grandparent’s names? Do you know where they lived? If they were born in America or Overseas? Were they Italian, Irish, Middle Eastern?

 I love learning about my own ancestry, and based on the popularity of PBS shows like Genealogy Roadshow, African-American Lives, and Finding Your Roots, as well as the use of websites like Ancestry.com, it is obvious that many other people do too.

 Did you know that you can research your family roots with resources provided by your favorite library? Here at Rocky River Public Library, we subscribe to two genealogy research databases, Ancestry (for in-library use only) and Heritage Quest. Did I mention they are free to use with your library card? You can find access to those resources at: http://www.rrpl.org/research/research_subject.html#genealogy We also link to cool searchable websites like Ellis Island passenger lists (http://libertyellisfoundation.org/passenger), the Ohio Death Index, and others that can help you get to the bottom of just how and when your people got here, their occupations, and who they lived with. Just think, you might just find a long-lost cousin or two.

I found census records for my family from 1920, enlistment cards from my Grandfather’s time in the Army, death records for family members I didn’t know existed, and much, much more! One of my favorite discoveries is a picture of the ship my grandparents emigrated upon, the Oropesa:

oropesaAre you curious about your origins? Why not try searching your family tree? What might you discover?

I hope you enjoy finding out!

~Carol

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